February 2016

Kennedy Catholic knocks off Shadle Park to reach state

By Tim Clinton

West Central District No. 6 seed Kennedy Catholic rose up to knock off Eastern Washington No. 1 seed Shadle Park, 40-32, in state Class 3A regional action at the University High School of Spokane gymnasium Saturday.

The Lancers now advance to play in the state final eight tournament in the Tacoma Dome, opening the action with a 9 a.m. game against Bellevue this Thursday.

The tournament will continue Friday and conclude with final placement games Saturday.
Keannu Royster paced the Kennedy squad with 12 points this past Saturday and Emilio Mancol tossed in 10.
Mancol -- a 5-foot, 9-inch junior guard, led the Lancers in scoring for the season up until that game with a 19.2 points per game average.

Royster is also a 5-9 junior guard for Kennedy and he was next with a 10.2 scoring average.
Trevor Hoffman is a 6-3 junior wing who averaged 8.8 points, while 6-4 senior forward James Jolly averaged 7.6 points and 6-1 junior guard Matthew Sasonoff averaged 7.4.
Jarad Thurber is a 6-3 junior wing who averaged 6.5 points and 6-0 sophomore guard Simon Harris averaged 4.6.


You are going to be pulled over if you are in the Bus Only lane on the West Seattle Bridge

Warnings and citations will be issued from 7 to 9 am in an emphasis patrol March 2

If you are headed east on the West Seattle Bridge Wednesday, March 2, make an extra effort to stay out of the Bus-Only transit lane. If you don't you could pay $136.

The City of Seattle will conduct Bus-Only transit lane enforcement (eastbound) from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Officers from the Seattle Police Department (SPD) will be issuing warnings and citations to motorists traveling in violation of posted restrictions that the Bus-Only lane should be used a through corridor by buses.

This is an effort to educate and enforce traffic laws that support transit. With 45 percent of downtown commuters using transit, the enforcement work will help ensure the reliable and efficient movement of transit riders along Seattle’s important bus corridors, and improve safety for all travelers.

Driving in violation of posted restrictions is a violation of SMC 11.53.230 (traveling in a bus only or BAT lane) can result in a fine of $136.


Sportswatch: For the week of March 2 -8

Sports events worth keeping an eye on

By Tim Clinton

High schools
Boys basketball
Three area basketball teams are advancing into state final eight tournament action this week.
Kennedy Catholic will be going to the Tacoma Dome for the Class 3A tournament, playing Bellevue in a 9 a.m. quarterfinal Thursday.
Seattle Lutheran and Shorewood Christian are both playing in the quarterfinals of the Class 1B tournament in Spokane.
Seattle Lutheran's Saints play Almira-Coulee-Hartline at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, followed by the Shorewood Christian Lions playing at 2 p.m. against the Yakima Tribal school.
Both tournaments continue through Saturday with game times depending on earlier results.

Spring sports
High school spring sports practices got underway in the state of Washington on Monday, with the first possible action at the end of next week.

Tacoma opens professional indoor soccer playoff action Wednesday, taking on the San Diego Sockers at 7:35 p.m. at the Showare Center in Kent.

Seattle is still involved in regular season Western Hockey League action through March 20.


Saints score a state tournament berth

By Tim Clinton

Seattle Lutheran leveled the Columbia Adventist Kodiaks, 71-32, in regional action Saturday to earn a second-straight trip to Spokane for the Class 1B state final eight boys basketball tournament.
The Saints open state action Thursday with a 2 p.m. game against Almira-Coulee-Hartline at the Spokane Coliseum. The game will immediately follow West Seattle rival Shorewood Christian's 12:15 p.m. game against Yakima Tribal.

Seattle Lutheran carries a 22-1 overall record into Thursday's contest, with its only loss this year being to Bellevue Christian by a 55-51 score Dec. 30.
The Saints have won 16-straight games since then.

Columbia Adventist finished its season at 16-5 with Saturday's loss to Seattle Lutheran in the Renton High School gymnasium.

Josh Meyer -- a 6-foot, 4-inch junior forward -- paced the Saints with 20 points against the Kodiaks and 6-2 senior guard/forward Xavier Turner swished in 17.

Meyer led the team with an 18.2 scoring average going into the Columbia Adventist game while Turner averaged 15.9.


Lynnwood eliminates West Seattle girls

By Tim Clinton

The defending state champions got in the way of West Seattle on its path to a second-straight final eight state tournament appearance.
Lynnwood dealt the Wildcats a 59-34 state regional loss at Everett Community College on Saturday, ending their season with a 22-4 overall record.

Lynnwood's Royals now carry a 24-0 record into the quarterfinals, which open Thursday at the Tacoma Dome and run through Saturday.
West Seattle finished sixth in the state Class 3A ranks last season and at one point boasted a 21-0 record this year.

The Wildcats were listed as high as No. 3 in the Seattle Times' state rankings.
Lexi Ione -- a 5-foot, 9-inch senior guard forward -- led West Seattle in scoring against Lynnwood with 10 points.

Unversity of Oregon-bound 6-7 senior center Lydia Giomi was held to only 1-for-8 shooting from the field by the Royals. Giomi hauled down nine rebounds and added three blocked shots, however.
Giomi led the Wildcats with a 15.7 scoring average going into the game while Ione averaged 12.2 points per game.


Attempted luring reported; Detectives seeking public's help

A 10-year-old boy was walking home from school and was near the intersection of 59th Ave SW and SW Spokane St when a red SUV pulled up alongside him. The passenger in the SUV asked the boy if he “wanted to get in.”

The boy declined. When the boy told his mother what had happened, she called police.

The boy described the passenger in the SUV as a black male, 18-20 years old, wearing a dark brown jacket. Detectives are asking anyone with information in this case to call 206-684-5575.


Seattle Lutheran girls season ends

By Tim Clinton

The Mount Vernon Christian Hurricanes breezed past Seattle Lutheran of West Seattle, 36-24, to end the Saints' season Saturday.

Seattle Lutheran finished with a 13-8 overall record with the state regional girls basketball loss at Mount Vernon High School while the Hurricanes rode an 18-9 record into the state Class 1B final eight tournament in Spokane.
The Saints were led by retiring 35-year head coach Bruce Carlson, who was assisted by Bailey Menashe and Sacha Mann.

Seattle Lutheran loses five seniors to graduation in 5-foot, 2-inch guard Taylor Stordahl, 5-3 guard Abbi Sanders, 5-6 forward Emma Figgins, 5-8 forward Katnis Liang and 5-3 forward Brea Kelley.
Juniors on the team were 5-8 forward Sage Klein and 5-8 forward Gratia Doerr.

The lone sophomore listed on the roster was 5-7 forward Izzy Jones, while the freshmen class consisted of 5-6 forward Maddie Jensen, 5-2 guard Dea Seraile and 5-1 guard Emma Stordahl.


Pat’s View: On the Move

By Patrick Cashman

I helped a friend and his wife load their stuff into a big U-Haul yesterday. It was like loading mackerel into a sardine can, but we managed.

The friends were moving to southern California. Some people think a move from this part of the world to that part is sort of like trading a gentle scalp massage for a whack on the head with a garden rake. But it is not that bad. A small shovel maybe.

The good news is that the loading of the furniture, appliances, clothing etc. went really well. Nothing was broken, scuffed, soiled, defaced, warped, squashed or wrinkled. Nobody either. The move went as smooth as shuffleboard. Mostly.

Sure, there may be a world of horrors awaiting that couple when they finally roll up that U-Haul door a thousand miles from now. But by then, I am not responsible. Like they say in the TV transmission business: “Everything looked fine when it left this end.” They also say that in the meat grinding business.


Amanda's View: It takes a village

By Amanda Knox

I was twelve years old, still a kid, still being driven around by my mom to soccer practice. She had picked me up from the field that was thirty minutes away from our house, which meant a whole hour of her day was devoted just to ferrying me around. This was usual. Between Deanna and I and the three sports we each played—soccer, softball, and gymnastics—there was at least one practice or game to be ferried to every evening, more often two.

I sat in the front seat and both my mom and I were casually, comfortably quiet. I had kicked off my mud-caked cleats and rested my smelly soccer socks on the dash against the heater vents blasting hot air to thaw my half-frozen toes. I gazed out the window and was happy. Soccer meant a lot to me. Soccer made me part of a community, added a tangible dimension to my identity, offered me challenging but attainable goals and a healthy outlet for my energy.